Coins and Medals
Mint: Philadelphia
Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt, B.F.A. 1899, American, 1867–1917
Engraver: Charles E. Barber, American, born England, 1840–1917

Half-Eagle ($5.00 Gold Piece)

1908

Gold

8.34 gm, 6:00, 21.5 mm
Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001, Gift of Millicent Todd Bingham
2001.87.3437

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<P dir=ltr align=left>Bela Lyon Pratt's design for the half-eagle ($5 gold piece) was also used for the quarter-eagle ($2.50), and it represents his response to President Roosevelt's call for a radical redesign of American coinage. (The larger denominations, predictably, were given to Augustus Saint-Gaudens.) Pratt's design immediately proved controversial: its incuse surface, for example, was said to harbor germs. Still, the design was maintained until the end of American gold coinage in 1932.</P></SPAN>

Geography: 
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Coins and medals
Status: 
On view
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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